Grant Funds Available to Preserve Utah’s Historical Records

Mahala Ruddell Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board

The Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) has funding available for public and private non-profit institutions with archival collections. Grants of up to $7,500 are available for projects designed to increase access to and preserve historical records. Grants require a one-to-one in-kind and/or cash match and must contain a public access component. Applications are required and must be received by April 26, 2019. There is an optional draft deadline of April 5. Guidelines, applications, and additional forms are available through the State Archives website.

2018 Grant Recipients

The USHRAB awarded eight grant projects in 2018 totaling $30,773. Below you can see the variety of institutions and types of projects funded through this program. Keep an eye on our blog in the coming months for more detailed updates of these grant-funded projects.

  • Lehi Historical Society and Archives was awarded $4821 to digitize the Lehi Free Press from the years 1923-1977.
  • Uintah County Library and Regional History Center is working on a map stabilization project. The Center is processing and creating an online index for its historic map collection. Additionally, it is selecting several maps of particular historical import to digitize and display online. They received $5000.
  • Old Spanish Trail Association was awarded $2631 in funds to organize and preserve its records. The Association plans to digitize photographs and significant documents during this project.
  • Emery County Archives has digitized the Emery County Progress from the years 1918-1940. They were awarded $1397 to do so.
  • Morgan Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum received $1000 to purchase archival supplies and shelving and create online finding aids for historical scrapbooks and roll and minutes books.
  • Utah Valley University was awarded $7257 to fully process and make accessible the Shirley H. Platt Deaf Athletics Collection. Platt was a longtime advocate for deaf sports and gender equality.
  • Cache Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum is working on digitizing and creating an online index for its Cache Valley pioneer histories, a project for which they were awarded $1700.
  • Park City Museum is digitizing and preserving the Kendall Webb Photography Collection and will be hosting the collection on the Mountain West Digital Library. They were awarded $6967.

The USHRAB’s re-grant program is funded through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.